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Definitions of opening

  1. the first performance ( as of a theatrical production); " the opening received good critical reviews"
  2. the first of a series of actions; " he memorized all the important chess openings"
  3. an open or empty space in or between things; " there was a small opening between the trees"; " the explosion made a gap in the wall"
  4. an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship
  5. first or beginning; " the memorable opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth"; " the play's opening scene"
  6. the act of opening something; " the ray of light revealed his cautious opening of the door"
  7. a vacant or unobstructed space; " they left a small opening for the cat at the bottom of the door"
  8. an aperture or hole opening into a bodily cavity; " the orifice into the aorta from the lower left chamber of the heart"
  9. a possible alternative; " bankruptcy is always a possibility"
  10. the initial part of the introduction; " the opening established the basic theme"
  11. a vacant or unobstructed space that is man- made; " they left a small opening for the cat at the bottom of the door"
  12. a ceremony accompanying the start of some enterprise
  13. opportunity especially for employment or promotion; " there is an opening in the sales department"
  14. of Open
  15. The act or process of opening; a beginning; commencement; first appearance; as, the opening of a speech.
  16. A place which is open; a breach; an aperture; a gap; cleft, or hole.
  17. Hence: A vacant place; an opportunity; as, an opening for business.
  18. A thinly wooded space, without undergrowth, in the midst of a forest; as, oak openings.
  19. An aperture, or a hole; as, an opening in a fence; a space in a woods where there are few trees and little undergrowth; the first steps; beginning; as, the opening of a trial; opportunity or chance.
  20. First in order.
  21. An open place: a breach: an aperture: beginning: first appearance: opportunity.
  22. An aperture; beginning.
  23. A breach; an aperture; a commencement.
  24. An aperture; a hole; a place admitting entrance; beginning; first appearance; opportunity, as a good opening presents itself.
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Usage examples for opening

  1. The next instant she was opening the door of her bedroom.... – Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett
  2. He ceased to push against the door, but kept his foot in the opening. – The Guests Of Hercules by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  3. And often, in the distance, one may see a bright opening in the darkness. – The Chinese Fairy Book by Various
  4. It was like the opening of a new world to me. – My New Home by Mary Louisa Molesworth
  5. I see a good opening there. – The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wright
  6. " Captain Brisket," said the maid, opening the door. – Project Gutenberg, Dialstone Lane, by W.W. Jacobs by W.W. Jacobs
  7. You saw her at the opening ceremony- Miss Carrington. – Lorimer of the Northwest by Harold Bindloss
  8. There was a great opening. – Ayala's Angel by Anthony Trollope
  9. They were now standing near to one end of the table, and suddenly there came to be an opening through the crowd up to the table itself. – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
  10. Now tell me, said Larry to Jane at the first real opening that offered, what does this talk about a three days' visit to us mean. – The Major by Ralph Connor
  11. I was roused by the opening of the door, and looking up I saw a face that I recognized, but for the moment I could not fit a name to it. – The Blue Germ by Martin Swayne
  12. At last the faint light that came through the opening died away, warning us that it was night and time for rest. – The Coral Island by R.M. Ballantyne
  13. There was a number of rooms opening off the hall, and one of them was the dining room where they had tea. – Beautiful Joe by Marshall Saunders
  14. " Zurely, zurely," said the farmer, coming forward and opening the gate. – The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope
  15. Then opening her arms wide, she sobbed the one word " Come!" – The Inner Shrine by Basil King
  16. Directly ahead, in the doorway opening onto the cloister, stood Father Benedict. – The Cry at Midnight by Mildred A. Wirt
  17. She ran, and, opening the door, met him with the youth in his arms. – Home Again by George MacDonald
  18. He greeted me with a cheerful smile on my opening my eyes, and said,- " As being the last time, Pip, I thought I'd foller." – Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  19. She did not at once raise her head, although she pushed me gently away from her at the sound of the opening door. – The Betrayal by E. Phillips Oppenheim
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